Diet rich in lycopene 'reduces a person's risk of stroke'

9 October 2012

People who opt for a diet that is rich in tomatoes could reduce their risk of suffering a stroke during their lives.

This is the main finding of new research carried out by scientists at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, which involved the study of the chemical lycopene.

Researchers claim that the bright red chemical, which is found in tomatoes, watermelons and peppers, significantly reduced the risk of stroke when found in a person's bloodstream.

In fact, the research at the University of Eastern Finland underlined that the chance of stroke was cut by 55 per cent when someone enjoyed a diet rich in lycopene.

Dr Jouni Karppi, from the institute behind the research, commented: "This study adds to the evidence that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke."

He also pointed out that the research should provide more encouragement for people to have more than five servings of fruit and vegetables on a daily basis, in order to keep their general health in check.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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